When ISIS controlled the region, they burned and looted the factory, equipment and machines. ISIS targeted Christians and the Kurds, killing and kidnapping, and destroying property.
Those able to return have struggled to start again. With no government assistance and without the financial means to rebuild factories, businesses and farms, the future has looked uncertain.
The project was to restore this small Tahini factory and shop in Bartella. It would once again provide jobs for local people (many of the young people here struggle to find work). The project replaced the equipment looted and destroyed by ISIS' systematic destruction of non-Muslim people's belongings, which included this mostly Christian village.
This project is part of our programme designed to support local business and employment, in this case the focus is Bartella- Nineveh Plain. Bartella is located in the Nineveh Plain in the northern Iraq about 21 km east of Mosul. In the early August 2014, Bartella was overrun by ISIS Islamic extremists. The Christian population of the town fled, mostly to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, joining thousands of other Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIS terror. Then, Bartella was liberated from ISIS control on 20 October 2016.
Once ISIS was defeated, the people of this region have gradually returned and have started to build their lives and to re-establish their small businesses.
During the course of communication and field visits with the stakeholders and local people, the 'Rashi' factory was selected. Friends of Youth Forum coordinated and worked closely with the factory staff to install and equip the factory. As our implementing partner, they draw on already established connections with different stakeholders in the region and determine the factories which need more development or need re-establishment. Through our team on the ground in Erbil, this project has been overseen and delivered on time.
- To create six new job opportunities for young people
- Build livelihoods for the returning families
- More locally produced food to benefit the local economy
- Local people are encouraged to stay in the Nineveh Plain